Monday, November 17, 2014

November 18, 2014

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it."  Matthew 13:44-46

Capturing the concept of the Kingdom is crucial for Christians to minister effectively. Implicit in the idea of the Kingdom are several powerful truths:

1) Your Master
2) Your Mission
3) Your Motivation

First, your Master:

Everyone serves someone. Whether you want to admit it or not, you have a master. The master you serve determines the kingdom you occupy.

Everyone is immediately and ultimately accountable to someone. Whoever you answer to is your master. The Bible says that someday everyone will stand before God to give an account for how he lived his life. Therefore, God is the One we are ultimately accountable to. So, if the person you answer to now is different from the One you will answer to then, you are serving the wrong master.

If Jesus is not your Master then you don't belong to His Kingdom. It's that simple and clear cut!

Second, your mission:

Everyone lives for something but the question is, are you living for the right thing? 

How can you know?

As a servant of the King, your mission is to do what is important to Him - what He treasures! What He treasures are the things of eternal value. Like, for instance, your friend, neighbor or co-worker who doesn't know Jesus.

What on earth are you living for?

Are you on mission or a you missing it?

Third, your motivation:

Who are you serving?

What are you living for?

What motivates you? Why are doing what you do?

According to this parable of Jesus, what should motivate you is joy! Joy is the indication you are serving the right master and are on the right mission.

Joy is the result of selling all you have to take possession of all He has!

Joy is yours for the receiving. You may be just one surrender away.